International Students

Requirements for Healthcare Coverage
Classification Is Insurance Mandatory?
9 or More Credit Hours Yes (required to have NIU's insurance unless sponsored by your government)
Less Than 9 Credit Hours No, but strongly advised to have
J-1 Visa Holders Yes (required by law)
Fulbright Scholars Yes (required to have NIU's insurance)

All incoming international students who enroll in nine or more credit hours, are required to keep the NIU student health insurance plan their first semester unless your government sponsors you.

For all other international students, we will accept waivers with one of the following approved plans.

Approved Plans

Please contact the NIU Student Health Insurance Office at or 815-753-0122 for waiver instructions.

Dependent Coverage

Dependent coverage for spouses, domestic partners and children is available through the NIU Student Health Insurance plan by contacting Aetna directly at 800-556-1555.

To find other options for dependent coverage, visit the Get Covered Illinois website or contact the DeKalb County Health Department's Healthcare Enrollment Assistance Program at 815-748-2498 or email

Contact Us

Student Health Insurance Office
Health Services Building, room 206
Phone: 815-753-0122
Fax: 815-753-9599

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
working remote

Tuesday, Thursday
in office 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Aetna's Informed Health® Line1-800-556-1555

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